We are now only in need of driver volunteers this Christmas. Thank you for your support.

Volunteer this Christmas!

At Marmalade Trust we rely on our team of volunteers to make our Christmas Day lunches extra special. Without our dedicated community of friendly and committed volunteers we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Would you like to help us make Christmas Day special for lonely and isolated people?

This year we will be inviting 150 Marmalade guests to join us for lunch on Christmas Day and will require over 100 volunteers to support the event. If you live in Bristol, South Glos or North Somerset and have time to spare we would love to hear from you. Our three main Christmas roles are summarised below.

We’re delighted that our Christmas volunteering roles are very popular so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.  To apply please complete our online form here.

Volunteer roles available at Marmalade Trust

Lead Volunteer:

As a Lead Volunteer you will play a key part in helping to coordinate and run a successful Christmas Day event at one of our venues. Your main responsibility is to ensure our Christmas Day guests and our volunteer drivers are appropriately connected and turn up at the right time, the right place, and on the right day! Click here to download the detailed role outline and person specification.

Driving Volunteer:

As a Driving Volunteer you will be responsible for collecting one or two of our guests from their home on Christmas Day and driving them to/from one of our venues. This role is suited to volunteers who can spare approximately one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon on Christmas Day. It is also possible to carry out just one part of the journey however we do prioritise volunteers who can do both. Click here to download the detailed Driving Volunteer role outline.

General Volunteer:

As a General Volunteer you will carry out the same duties as a Driving Volunteer, however, you will stay for the duration of the meal to support the Lead Volunteer with the smooth running of the event and help our guests feel settled, happy and most importantly, have fun! Click here to download the General Volunteer role outline.

Kelly live on BBC Bristol volunteering last Christmas

Work based volunteering

Are you a social media wiz, a design genius or even a highly organised administrator? At Marmalade Trust we’re keen to hear from skilled professionals who are looking to gain experience in an up and coming charity.

In return for a few hours each week supporting our head office functions, you’ll receive:

  • Experience working in a rapidly growing charity
  • The opportunity to utilise your skills for a meaningful cause
  • Ongoing support and training where necessary
  • A professional reference to go on your CV

If you have a skill to share then we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteer form

Personal Information

Your Name*

Your Email*



Tel number*

Next of Kin (name and tel no.)*

Do you have a current DBS (previously CRB)? It is useful for us to know if you have a DBS in your current role

Volunteering opportunities:

Please tick which volunteering opportunities you would be interested in.

Raise awareness of Marmalade Trust

Help us to organise events – planning etc.

Work based/skilled - admin, marketing, IT, chef etc.

Christmas 2019


Other – do you have a specialist interest or skill?

Anything else you think we should know? (including specific skills/areas of interest etc)

Christmas 2019

If you are interested in volunteering for Christmas 2019 please tick the role you would like to apply for.

Lead volunteer (manage an event on Christmas day)Driver volunteer (drive a guest on Christmas day)General Volunteer (help out during a Christmas event)

It is helpful for us to have a few health professionals among our Christmas volunteer team as a small number of our Members have slightly higher needs.

Please tick the box below if you are a healthcare professional:

Healthcare professional

If Yes, in what capacity?

And/or do you have experience supporting any of the following groups of people:

People with mild dementia

People with mild learning disabilities

People with mild mental health problems

Please note that experience of working with any of the above groups is not essential for our volunteer roles so please still apply!


If you intend to be a driver volunteer for Christmas please provide full details about your car. So we can match you with a suitable guest.

Car type:



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